"The Heat" starring Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy and "White House Down" with Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx are opening this weekend and both are offshoots of the quintessential American genre -- the buddy movie. You know the type -- put two seemingly different characters together, give them a problem, and make them come together to solve their dilemma. Which got me thinking -- what are my Top 10 Best Buddy Movies ever made? Here are my picks:
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Fans of "Fifty Shades of Grey" rejoice! The movie version has a release date!
According to producer Dana Brunetti, the big-screen adaptation of E.L. James' popular S&M novel will be unveiled on August 1, 2014. Sam Taylor-Johnson ("Nowhere Boy") will direct the film from a script by Kelly Marcel.
"Fifty Shades of Grey" will be a trilogy of films focusing on the erotic love story between college graduate, Anastasia Steele, and young entrepreneur Christian Grey. Focus Features and Universal Pictures are jointly producing the adaptation.
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We all enjoyed "Mean Girls," the 2004 hit starring Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams, Amanda Seyfried, and Lacey Chabert. And now, we're in for a treat as New Line Cinema is preparing for the sorta, quasi-sequel to be called "Mean Moms."
It kinda makes sense right? The mean girls are now grown-up and they became mean moms.
Deadline is reporting that the studio has hired Beth McCarthy-Miller ("Saturday Night Live") to adapt Rosalind Wiseman's "Queen Bee Moms And King Pin Dads: Dealing With The Parents, Teachers, Coaches, and Counselors Who Can Make — or Break — Your Child’s Future." Her 2002 book "Queen Bees and Wannabes: Helping Your Daughter Survive Cliques, Gossip, Boyfriends, and Other Realities of Adolescence" was the basis of the "Mean Girls" film.
The follow-up explores what happens to Queen Bees and Wannabes when they grow up. Here's a description of the book from Amazon:
Even the most well-adjusted moms and dads can experience peer pressure and conflicts with other adults that make them act like they’re back in seventh grade. In Queen Bee Moms & Kingpin Dads, Rosalind Wiseman gives us the tools to handle difficult situations involving teachers and other parents with grace. Reassuring, funny, and unfailingly honest, Wiseman reveals:
• Why PTA meetings and Back-to-School nights tap into parents’ deepest insecurities
• How to recognize the archetypal moms and dads—from Caveman Dad to Hovercraft Mom
• How and when to step in and step out of your child’s conflicts with other children, parents, teachers, or coaches
• How to interpret the code phrases other parents use to avoid (or provoke) confrontation
• Why too many well-meaning dads sit on the sidelines, and how vital it is that they step up to the plate
• What to do and say when the playing field becomes an arena for people to bully and dominate other kids and adults
• How to have respectful yet honest conversations with other parents about sex and drugs when your values are in conflict
• How the way you handle parties, risky behavior, and academic performance affects your child
• How unspoken assumptions about race, religion, and other hot-button subjects sabotage parents’ ability to work together
Queen Bee Moms & Kingpin Dads is filled with the kind of true stories that made Wiseman’s New York Times bestselling book Queen Bees & Wannabes impossible to put down. There are tales of hardworking parents with whom any of us can identify, along with tales of outrageously bad parents—the kind we all have to reckon with. For instance, what do you do when parents donate a large sum of money to a school and their child is promptly transferred into the honors program–while your son with better grades doesn’t make the cut? What about the mother who helps her daughter compose poison-pen e-mails to yours? And what do you say to the parent-coach who screams at your child when the team is losing? Wiseman offers practical advice on avoiding the most common parenting “land mines” and useful scripts to help you navigate difficult but necessary conversations.
Queen Bee Moms & Kingpin Dads is essential reading for parents today. It offers us the tools to become wiser, more relaxed parents–and the inspiration to speak out, act according to our values, show humility, and set the kind of example that will make a real difference in our children’s lives.
"Mean Moms" will be produced by Jill Messick with Offspring Entertainment. We'll see if McCarthy-Miller's script will be as inspired as Tina Fey's script for "Mean Girls."
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From Lady GaGa to Ben Affleck, celebrities take to Twitter to react to the historic Supreme Court's decision in striking down the Defense of Marriage Act by a 5-4 vote while dismissing Proposition 8 for lack of jurisdiction. Supporters of gay marriage rejoiced upon hearing the news. And many stars, who have been following this case for months, react. Here's some of their tweets:
Let's go DOMA. Supreme Court lets make history & stand for MARRIAGE EQUALITY! #GetItDoneThisWeek #TheWhole WorldIsWatching
I guess the Prop 8 & DOMA decisions are headlining SCOTUS FEST
In 1996, the US enacted DOMA, and Cartoon Network premiered Dexter's Laboratory. The wrong one is still alive.
Surprise benefit of gay marriage to me?? Thousands of weddings where they play "Wind Beneath My Wings"!
Neil Patrick Harris
Fingers crossed… #equality
Today marks a watershed moment in history and a tremendous victory for the principle of equality. The 5-4 decision... http://t.co/Hlxeof1qGZ
I'm channeling positivity for the DOMA ruling today. PLEASE GOD HEAR OUR PRAYERS. equality for all is a right not a privilege. #DOMA
Don't wanna traffic in stereotypes but let's be real: I'm gonna love a gay wedding.
This is truly an historic day. Never before & never again will so many men be this excited about getting married. #Scotus
Jesse Tyler Ferguson
Victory for marriage in California as #Prop8 is struck down. Small but substantial steps toward #MarriageEquality for all!
You’re damn right DOMA is unconstitutional!! #equalitymatters
Melissa Joan Hart
Big day for some of my good friends and for The US !! @jessetyler @JustinMikita @DRVW11 @JewdyGold @buckhollywood
Big news from the Supreme Court. Goodbye #DOMA #Prop8. Hello #equality.
Down w DOMA! Something to be very proud of this upcoming July 4th. We are making beautiful progress for Equality! #proud
If you're gay married in California your gay marriage is now legal. Good. #allmarriageisabitgay
BREAKING: Supreme Court strikes down Defense of Marriage Act; gay marriage ban unconstitutional. http://t.co/cUKwHJYFvW soon. /via @THR
I am standing on the right side of history. I stand with @HRC for marriage equality. #SCOTUS #time4marriage http://t.co/3cSE5e0nwK
THIS. Big week.RT @annekejong: i'm really looking forward to wednesday, june 26th being an epic day in history. #scotus #marriageequality
Gay, straight, lesbian, bi.. No one is better than any one else. What an incredible day for California AND for equality.
2 major victories today to same sex couples!! It's about tome-so happy-congrats to all!!
Yeah, marriage equality!!!! On our way! #PeopleLikeUs #TieItUp
These two men hope to get married in all 50 states. So far 8 and counting: http://t.co/F26Sdj2bas #MarriedandCounting
It's a supremely wonderful day for equality. Prop 8 is over, and so is DOMA. Congratulations everyone. And I mean everyone.
This is going to be the best #npr day ever. #marriageequality
If I weren't resting my voice, I would shout with joy at today's #doma and #prop8 news! Though it irks me to be grateful for equality
What amazing and beautiful news today! Goodbye #doma goodbye #prop8! #LoveIsLove!!!
DOMA is dead. Prop 8 is dead. Now let's bring my big, gay marriage to @IMKristenBell to Life!!!!
.@daxshepard1 will you marry me? Xo #marriageequality #loveislove”
source: The Huffington Post
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It's great to be Liam Neeson! According to Deadline, the actor is set to receive, are you ready, $20 million to reprise his role as Bryan Mills, the ballsy retired CIA agent who rescued his daughter from sex slavery in France. Neeson was hesitant to star in the first sequel but was goaded with $15 million. So now, EuropaCorp is giving him a raise and is planning to start production in February.
Luc Besson and Robert Mark Kamen are currently working on the script but a director has not been set yet. Will Olivier Megaton, the last sequel's director, come back? And how much will EuropaCorp pay the daughter, Maggie Grace, and the ex-wife, Famke Jannsen, to return? I'm sure it won't be $20 million!
I enjoyed the first "Taken" but the sequel was horrible!!! I hope the threequel will be much better! With that paycheck, it better be worth it!
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